Puerto Rico Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Science in Special Education degree, or a post baccalaureate certification must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree who have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must have marks of "pass” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree who do not have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.
Initial Utah License Required: WGU students who want to license in the Puerto Rico need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program, and then apply for a reciprocal license in the Puerto Rico. Follow the instructions to apply for Initial Teacher Certification in Utah. You must have a valid background clearance on file with the USBE for Utah licensure, and cannot license if your background check has expired or been revoked.
Submit your exam scores to WGU and the Utah State Board of Education.
Once you receive your UT teaching license, you may apply for a teaching certificate in Puerto Rico by following the instructions on the Puerto Rico Certificado de Maestro web page.
Step 1: Obtain a background check within by following the directions for completing the Solicitud de Certificado de Antecedentes Penales.
Step 2: Obtain a Good health certificate issued by a medical physician.
Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. If you have not received a transcript with your WGU diploma, then see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Masters students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Masters program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 4: Write to email@example.com request a Letter of Recommendation from the WGU Certification Officer that indicates the program you graduated from, graduation date, GPA, and area of recommendation. Confirm your mailing address in this email. If you have not already submitted your Praxis and PCMAS scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer so that your licensure recommendation can be completed. The Certification Officer will mail you a sealed copy to include in your packet.
Step 5: Obtain a copy of your birth certificate from the Puerto Rico Department of Vital Statistics. A copy of your passport will also be accepted.
Step 6: Request an application from the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Applications can be obtained in person or requested by mail. Please note that, in addition to your own signature, the form requires the signature of a doctor who is licensed to practice in Puerto Rico, attesting to the fact that you are physically capable of taking on the responsibilities of a full-time teacher.
Step 7: Compile all required documents into one application packet:
1. Solicitud Para Certificado de Maestro,
2. Certificado de Antecedentes Penales,
3. a 2" x 2" photograph of yourself,
4. letter of recommendation from WGU,
5. all official transcripts,
6. copy of your birth certificate or passport,
7. a copy of your UT teaching certificate,
8. a copy of your passing scores on the required Pruebas Para la Certificación de Maestros.
Step 8: Send your completed application packet to
Departamento de Educación
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Article Number : 20098, 1514